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Tom Kendrick
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Username: Ibm5081

Post Number: 12
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 08:14 am:   

Regarding the free public bus service in Frisco, which begins today:
1. I support this initiative and hope that it will be expanded in the future. I understand that this is a 6-month pilot program.
2. What target population is this service intended to address?
3. Is there somewhere, either on paper or electronically, where I could read the underlying needs and assumptions for the program?
4. In 6 months, how will we decide whether to extend the contract?
5. If I were to use the service, it looks like I would still have to travel (somehow) at least 1 mile to reach a stop on the route. Hopefully, it is closer to the potential ridership.

Amy Gill, Assistant to the City Manager
Username: Amyg

Post Number: 83
Registered: 08-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 08:17 am:   

1. That is correct; this is a 6 month trial program.
2. The free public bus service is intended to serve all the Citizens of Frisco that are in need of public transportation. In addition, public transportation can directly help with air quality for our region. Collin County is an area that has been designated as non-attainment for air quality. Thereby, we would seek to encourage people to take public transportation vs their individual vehicles.
3. A specific need and assumption for Frisco has not been done. The NCTCOG has been working on regional transportation needs, of which the City has been a part of those studies. In addition, an In-Town Transportation System was identified as a Council priority to serve those citizens in need of public transportation.
4. Based upon the usage and input from citizens, staff will then consider whether or not to recommend to the City Council to extend the contract.
5. Initial route locations were determined to try and maximize the effectiveness of service, it is believed that adjustments to the routing maybe necessary.
Scott Young
Assistant City Manager
972-335-5551 X120

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